Actor Danny Glover and Ontario Labour Leaders Trespassing Trial Begins



    Glover to Take the Stand to Defend Charter Rights in Niagara Falls
    Courtroom

    TORONTO, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - Well-known actor and activist Danny Glover will
be appearing at trial in an Ontario Provincial Offences Court today along with
UNITE HERE Canadian Co-Director Alex Dagg and Ontario Federation of Labour
President Wayne Samuelson. The trio will be defending themselves against a
rare private prosecution, initiated by Canadian Niagara Hotels (CNH) for
trespassing after a September 2006 union rally at the Sheraton on the Falls in
Niagara Falls.
    Glover, Samuelson and Dagg will appear with criminal lawyer Frank Addario
and co-defendant Catalina Gonzalez, a UNITE HERE organizer, at a Niagara Falls
courthouse on Tuesday, October 30th. The trial will concern Charter arguments
and the impact on the Ontario labour movement of companies using private
prosecutions to limit union's free speech, expression, association and
assembly rights.

    
    Who:      Actor and Activist, Danny Glover
              Alex Dagg, Canadian Co-Director, UNITE HERE
              Wayne Samuelson, President, Ontario Federation of Labour
              Frank Addario, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell

    Where:    Provincial Offences Courts
              4635 Queen Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario

    Date:     Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

    Time:     Trial begins at 9 a.m.; participants may be available to speak
              to the media during lunch recess (approximately 12 p.m.)
    

    Background

    Dreamgirls and Lethal Weapon star Danny Glover has been working with
UNITE HERE to raise awareness of the issues facing Niagara area hotel workers
who are fighting to improve working conditions. Canadian Niagara Hotels (CNH)
owns the Sheraton on the Falls, the Brock Plaza Hotel and the Skyline Inn in
Niagara Falls, Ontario. The hotels were purchased in 1993 by Dino DiCienzo and
his company Canadian Niagara Hotels. Since then union/management relationships
have been difficult and UNITE HERE has been fighting to uphold basic parts of
the collective agreement.
    UNITE HERE represents 50,000 hotel, food service, garment and
manufacturing workers across Canada and 450,000 across North America.





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For further information: Wynne Hartviksen, (416) 473-2632 (cell); Ethan
Clarke, (905) 358-2347

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